This is Love.8:47 PM
6 women, 1 man, and 2 teens spending SIX hours cleaning your house from top to bottom. As in all the dirty nooks and crannies. It maybe made me wish I hadn't unsubscribed from fly lady emails but still. so. awesome.
A friend bringing you a meal prepared, delicious from scratch muffins for breakfast the next morning, and crock pot meal ingredients for another day. But wait there's more. This lovely girl brings all of the recipes printed and in sleeves. Um, hello I heart Organizing.
A friend being willing to stand in line behind 40 hockey players to bring you Chipotle while you sit by your husband's side at the hospital. (Don't worry they let her cut).
A friend bringing you the cupcakes your husband wanted at the restaurant a few days prior before he realized they were all out (boo Copper Door!). And then sitting with you in the hospital talking about deep spiritual stuff, kid's fashion and everything in between.
A friend sitting in the waiting room convincing you that you CAN in fact have/raise/care for three children without ending up in the fetal position locked in your closet.
A sister taking your 2 kids (along with 2 of her 3) ALL day. Not just sitting them in front of the TV but taking them sledding, to the Y, watching movies, playing, feeding them dinner, having so much fun you tell your mom "watch Genevieve yell at me when I walk in the door because she doesn't want to leave." Called it.
A mom watching your kids like daily as you run back and forth to the hospital and appointments. And quickly forgiving you when you snap at her for the stupidest reason in the universe (I'm SO sorry mom!)
A mom-in-law giving you a gift certificate to the spa so that you can pamper yourself during a tough time. (Although I don't recommend a massage when you're dealing with an extreme trial. While nice in the moment, I'm pretty sure the minute I left, called to check on my kids, rushed to the hospital, and almost hit that poor pedestrian, the stress raced back to reunite with the muscles that had just been relieved of it).
A pastor coming to your house after a long day of work (at his other full time job) to pray for you the day he found out that you really need prayer.
Friends treating you to a delicious and fun dinner to distract you from what's to come. (Yay Copper Door!).
A friend sending you Ben & Jerry's ice-cream even though she lives 1000 miles away (I still have no idea how she did that. maybe sorcery?).
An acquaintance making homemade prayer/scripture cards for you and leaving them for you in the church's nursery.
A church coming to the rescue when the last thing you need to happen, happens.
A pastor and his wife sitting in the waiting room with you all day when they have less than 48 hours before a trip out of the county.
So many things I can't even think to name but some I can: lots more meals, countless texts, emails, Facebook messages, offers to watch the girls, encouragement, worship song suggestions, check ins, phone calls, hugs, pats on the back, kisses, and general love being poured out on you at any given moment.
Thank you Lord for placing these angels in my life. Thank YOU friends from work, church, family members, e-friends, ORU pals, friends from every phase and stage in life checking in to see how we are doing and how you can help.
Disclaimer: I feel like no matter what I'm going to miss something major someone did for me and they will read it and be like, WTF? (ok, probably more like WTH?) I'm sorry! This list isn't exhaustive. It's just what's on my heart currently after a long hot shower to relax (because people frown upon pregnant women drinking wine) during which I started out thanking God for how this trial would bring Him glory and ended up thinking about how much I was craving a Bratwurst with fresh bread. and spicy mustard. In other words, I'm not fully of sound mind after everything we've walked through these last few days AND being 15 weeks pregnant. (So that's my excuse). Thank you and I love YOU--yes YOU, the one I missed!